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Solar energy news roundup: Solar cells go ‘green,’ ultrathin, and power 24/7

By Stephanie Liverani / June 21, 2016

It’s officially summer—and that means more sun-filled days ahead. So it’s only fitting that we round up the latest solar energy research news. This week, solar cells get ‘greener’ and thinner, and a solar power plant in Nevada keeps the energy going 24/7.

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A new kind of ‘super’ glue—smarter, tougher adhesives inspired by nature

By Stephanie Liverani / November 10, 2015

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have “developed a method to make synthetic, sticky hydrogel that is more than 90 percent water” that is “tougher than natural adhesives employed by mussels and barnacles,” according to a recent MIT News article.

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Arachnophobic? Latest spider-related scientific breakthroughs could quell your fears

By Stephanie Liverani / October 30, 2015

Researchers from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, Va.) are getting closer to developing next-generation smart adhesives, thanks to clues from a specific type of spider silk.

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / July 3, 2012

Georgia Tech researchers pose with a computer model of graphene oxide’s structure and the chemical species that become part of it. Shown are (l-r, first row) Elisa Riedo and Suenne Kim, (l-r, second row) Angelo Bongiorno, Claire Berger and Si Zhou. Credit: Gary Meek, Georgia Tech. Take a look: Metastable material: Study shows availability of…

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OSU group studies aging of Li-ion batteries

By / November 4, 2010

Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research is studying why batteries lose their ability to hold a charge as they age. In collaboration with ORNL and NIST, the group is focusing on lithium-ion batteries, which are hot in the electric car industry. Preliminary results from the ongoing study suggest that external conditions such as temperature…

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